Malaria case management in Papua New Guinea prior to the introduction of a revised treatment protocol
Justin Pulford, Ivo Mueller, Peter M Siba, Manuel W Hetzel
Malaria Journal | BMC | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to document malaria case management practices in Papua New Guinea prior to the introduction of a revised national malaria treatment protocol. The revised protocol stipulates routine testing of malaria infection by rapid diagnostic test or microscopy, anti-malarial prescription to test positive cases only, and the introduction of a new artemisinin-based first-line anti-malarial. Findings presented in this paper primarily focus on diagnostic, prescription and treatment counselling practices. METHODS: In a national cross-sectional survey of 79 randomly selected health facilities, data were collected via non-participant observation of the clinical case management of ..View full abstract
The authors gratefully acknowledge the many health workers and patients who gave their time to participate in this study. The generous support of the provincial and district health authorities and the PNG national department of health are also acknowledged as are the following individuals for assisting with data collection and processing: Mrs. Serah F Kurumop, Mr. Samuel Hurim, Mr. Brown Kaupa, Mr. Gaius Sabumai, Mr. Gibson Gideon, Ms. Elsie Bilam, Mrs. Aiyoh Gubag, Mr. Ismart Martin, Mr. George Dogoya, Mr. Loui Ipatu, Mr. Samson Pes, Mrs. Lillian Akunaii, Ms. Tema Kay, Mrs. Theresa Nime and Ms. Regina Arre. This study was financially supported by a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round 8 grant.